In my ad hoc review of “Episode II,” written way back in May 2002 and almost immediately after rushing out to see the movie, I wrote:
“…Even after two blown opportunities, people are still willing to believe that [Lucas will] pull it off. I’m one of them.”
Something happened in the intervening three years, and I longer feel so charitable. Given a bit more hindsight, the first two installments seem worse than ever, true examples of bloated Hollywood disasters. What makes me more upset than anything is thinking about how thoroughly Lucas blew it. Given money, freedom and immense fan credulity, he came up with two thorough embarrassments. Really, the only question on my mind — and on the minds of everyone I know — is: “How much is ‘Episode III’ going to completely and unequivocally suck?” I’ll be more than happy if it turns out to not suck very much at all, but neither am I willing to take part in trying to make its opening weekend a blockbuster financial success this time. I’ll wait.